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Graduates to benefit from psychological insight thanks to new course

News Page 7th November 2018

Graduates who want to further their knowledge of psychology without taking a full degree, can now do so at the University of Northampton by taking a new Masters’ course.

The MSc Psychology (Conversion) degree offers graduates of other disciplines or those with a psychology degree not accredited by the British Psychological Society, the chance to gain a BPS accredited qualification.*

The course takes only a year to complete and covers the core elements of psychology, including biological, developmental, personality and conceptual/historical issues in psychology.

The degree also covers research methods in which students can develop their critical thinking skills and statistical thinking.

Learning will be through Active Blended Learning and interactive workshops with lecturing staff at the University’s new Waterside campus. The course will start in October 2019 and it will be delivered on a full-time basis.

Applications for the programme are now open and Dr Lesley-Ann Smith, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and MSc (Conversion) programme lead, expects it to be popular: “The MSc offers graduates who want to enhance their existing qualifications with a good grounding in psychology the chance to do so.

“For instance, business graduates, by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of personality and behaviour, will increase their competence and could make themselves more employable.

“We still offer post-grad courses here for those who already have BPS accredited degrees – for instance our MSc in Counselling – but we are looking forward to teaching all of our Psychology graduates.”

Applications can be made online and email Lesley-Ann with any enquiries at:

Find out more about the MSc (Conversion) course.

*Those who already hold a BPS accredited degree, including the undergraduate psychology degree from University of Northampton, would not be eligible to apply.

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